Volunteers needed for New York State land records indexing project

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is looking for volunteers to help index New York State land records.

FamilySearch.org has digitized millions of original pages from county offices across New York State. The majority of the records are deeds and mortgages.

If you are interested in working on indexing these records, you will need to set up a free user name and password to log on to FamilySearch.org. Once logged on, click on the Indexing tab and select Find a Project. Click on the word Projects and in the Project name box enter the words Index to Land Records. You should see a listing of the available projects to work on.

At this point the Kings and Richmond project is 96% completed, the Westchester project is 27% completed and the Western New York project is 19% completed.

The New York G & B will be presenting a free half hour webinar about the land records indexing project on Monday, January 7 at 7 p.m. To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5875948863652668171

Two free webinars scheduled for the end of September

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “North Carolina Land Grants Overview” on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

Land records can provide useful genealogical information beyond just time and place, such as relationships, clues to wealth, occupations, neighbors, and more. Land Grants are of particular interest because they represent the first time a particular plot of land was allocated to settlers, and also because the grant process required a number of steps and often took several years. North Carolina has original documents going back to 1663, and the free website www.nclandgrants.com has searchable data on all the grants along with many original document images.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6510824466305617923

The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service will present “Introduction to Immigration and Naturalization Service Records at the National Archives” on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.

This webinar will be an overview of the historical immigration and naturalization records available at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. These records begin in the early 1900s and continue until 1975. Participants will learn about research aids and learn how to request files from the National Archives.

To attend the webinar, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars and select the appropriate date.

Free webinar to focus on researching land records

Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Land Records: Using Indexes and Deeds to Move Your Research Forward” on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

The local courthouse, auditor, or recorder holds records about purchases and sales of your ancestor’s property. Often you can identify where they migrated to or from. The records may identify other family members and close associates. Learn how to locate and understand these genealogical documents.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4504513708845656833

Two free genealogy webinars this week

Two free genealogy webinars will take place next week on Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Letters, Ledgers and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources” on April 12 at 9 p.m.

Ethnic resources often contain detailed personal and genealogical information, and yet, they are often overlooked by researchers. Learn how to locate letters, ledgers, lodge records, manuscripts, newspapers, and other ethnic resources. Discover hidden clues to track your ancestors and their friends, associates, and neighbors.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3470676992813425922

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “U.S. Land Records – State Land States” on April 13 at 8 p.m.

People recorded evidence of their property, paid taxes on property, gave away property, bought and sold property, fought over property, and willed property to heirs in the 20 state lands states. When understood and used properly, metes and bounds land records comprise one of the most important sources for research in America.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5092295015412797441

Two free webinars scheduled for Wednesday

Two free webinars scheduled for Wednesday

Two free genealogy programs will be offered on Wednesday, March 2.


Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present  “The War of 1812 Records – Preserving the Pensions
The War of 1812”  at 2 p.m.

This webinar will focus on the various documents that might be found in the Pension records of The War of 1812 veterans, how they might be used to overcome brick walls in genealogical research, and about the Preserve The Pensions project (www.preservethepensions.org).

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4512422479016328450



The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “From Deeds to Dirt: Analyzing Research with Maps” at 8 p.m.

In this webinar,  participants will learn about the importance of understanding geography and land records, see a variety of maps useful in identifying ancestors’ land, hear the nuances of the two primary land survey systems in the United States, see mini-case studies to demonstrate the land topics presented, and finish with a brief discussion of mapping software and websites helpful in land research.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8716047847755984385